Weekly Wellness News
Making the Case for a University Senior Wellness Officer
Bill Fox, dean of students at Denison University uses case study data about the emergence of the university chief wellness officer (CWO) in higher education. He discusses the purpose of this niche executive role as universities borrow from corporate wellness models to charge this senior leader to improve population health on campus and promote organizational cultures that value well-being. Findings include participant perspectives on the impetus for the CWO role, key position responsibilities, and organizational response to the changes created by this structural innovation.

Heart Month
February is heart month and we want to see how you're helping your academic communities achieve ❤ healthy goals. Use the hashtag #hearthealthycampus on social media this month when sharing tips and recipes. Remember to encourage faculty, staff and students to reduce their sodium intake, reduce their tobacco use, and increase their physical activity. To get started, check out these ❤ tips and recipes, including a delicious Bran Flakes Bake Chicken recipe from University of California Riverside.

February Webinar
Register for our next webinar on February 24, 2021, at 2:00 pm EST: Effective Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Heart Health. Dr. Jean Scholz Mellum from Capital University and a volunteer with the American Heart Association will join us to discuss risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and the importance of creating a culture of health in our communities.

And, did you miss Your 10-Point Self-Care Action Plan for This COVID-19 Winter? Our January webinar had amazing participation and essential takeaways that can help you, family members, and your campus communities take better care mentally and physically during this pandemic season. Make sure to catch up and complete the survey for CHES continuing education credit.

COVID Innovation Programming
Share your innovative wellness programs and solutions that were created as you pivoted during the pandemic. Submit the innovation that you have put into practice for your students, faculty or staff in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to improve their health and well-being outcomes. There will be 1st , 2nd and 3rd place award winners, and an invitation to present in a BHAC webinar. Winners will also be invited to highlight at the 2021 Virtual Summit in April.

The application deadline is February 17, 2021. An email confirmation of receipt will be sent. An expert panel will review all applications received by March 17. Notification of results will be conducted to the primary contact listed on the submission by March 31.

·       Innovative and creative programming.
·       Include detailed, measurable goals/objectives and outcomes in describing your program.
·       Your program can be virtual or in person. 

All teams need to submit a concise, written summary of their wellness program with a 60 to 90-second video that contains:
·       Title and description of the wellness program used to achieve the goal(s)
·       Measurable goal(s)
·       Outcome/impact of the program

·       1st prize award: free registration for 2 representative team members at the 5th National BHAC Summit  
·       2nd and 3rd prize awards: Amazon Gift cards ($50-100 per team)

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